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Meet the Fellows
  • Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil, California 
  • Sen. Rhonda Fields, Colorado 
  • Sen. Marie Pinkney, Delaware 
  • Rep. Sharon Cooper, Georgia  
  • Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole, Hawaii 
  • Rep. Sharon Negele, Indiana 
  • Rep. Michael Bergan, Iowa 
  • Rep. Deanna Frazier Gordon, Kentucky 
  • Sen. Beth Mizell, Louisiana 
  • Rep. Rebecca Millett, Maine 
  • Delegate Terri Hill, Maryland 
  • Sen. Clarence Lam, Maryland 
  • Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Maryland 
  • Sen. Nicole Boyd, Mississippi 
  • Rep. Laurie Bishop, Montana 
  • Rep. Jane Gillette, Montana 
  • Assemblymember Michelle Gorelow, Nevada  
  • Sen. Lisa Barnes, North Carolina 
  • Rep. Sherrie Conley, Oklahoma 
  • Rep. Mark Lawson, Oklahoma 
  • Rep. Randy Randleman, Oklahoma 
  • Rep. Lisa Reynolds, Oregon 
  • Rep. Grace Diaz, Rhode Island 
  • Sen. Alana DiMario, Rhode Island 
  • Sen. Richard Briggs, Tennessee 
  • Rep. Toni Rose, Texas 
  • Sen. Luz Escamilla, Utah 
  • Sen. Daniel Thatcher, Utah 
  • Rep. Patrick Snyder, Wisconsin 

Kickoff Meeting

Friday, January 6

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

This session will welcome the third class of MCH Fellows with an overview of the program and introductions of the Fellows.


  • Khanh Nguyen, NCSL Health Program
  • Shirley Payne, PhD, director, Division of State and Community Health,
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

5:45 - 7 p.m. 

Joint Dinner with Opioid Policy Fellows: Setting the Stage

The Maternal and Child Health Fellows will join the Opioid Policy Fellows for networking and dinner. The program will feature alumni of NCSL’s Fellows programs discussing their successes and advice for the newest classes of Fellows.

Moderator: Tahra Johnson, NCSL Health Program

Saturday, January 7

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.


Cross-Agency Partnerships for Maternal and Child Health 

This session will highlight the federal-state MCH framework and partnerships. State and federal experts will join the fellows for in-depth discussions on collaborative efforts to improve maternal and child health.

Moderator: Khanh Nguyen, NCSL Health Program


  • Amanda Innes, chief of staff, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration | PowerPoint | PDF file-10 pages
  • Stacy Collins, associate director of health systems transformation, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs | PowerPoint | PDF file-11 pages
  • Laura Luna Bellucci, chief, Bureau of Women's and Children's Health, Arizona Department of Health Services | PowerPoint | PDF file-6 pages

10:45 – Noon

Maternal and Child Mental Health

This session will offer expert discussion on the pressing issue of maternal and children’s mental health. Speakers will present an overview of strategies and systems of support available to mothers, children and families.

Moderator: Kendall Speer, NCSL Health Program


  • Crystal Clark, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto & Northwestern University | PowerPoint | PDF file-21 pages
  • Luanne Southern, executive director, Texas Child Mental Health Consortium | PowerPoint | PDF file-10 pages

Noon – 2 p.m.

Joint Networking Lunch with Opioid Policy Fellows

Fellows will discuss intersecting issues and network across programs over lunch. An optional fitness walk will also be offered during this time – follow prompts from NCSL staff to participate. 

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Maternal Mortality

A panel of national experts will share their knowledge on best practices to address maternal mortality and morbidity. Topics will include: state infant and maternal mortality review committees, Medicaid coverage, workforce and related prevention efforts. 

Moderator: Khanh Nguyen, NCSL Health Program


  • Julie Zaharatos, maternal mortality prevention manager, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | PowerPoint | PDF file-34 pages
  • Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, senior vice president/chief clinical diversity officer, Allegheny Health Network | PowerPoint | PDF file-25 pages
  • Jennifer Macdonald, director, Division of Child and Family Health, Virginia Department of Health | PowerPoint | PDF file-17 pages

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Joint Session with Opioid Policy Fellows: Substance Exposure and Use During and After Pregnancy

Through a population health perspective, Fellows will be introduced to the risks, trends and current possible policy recommendations to address substance exposure and use during pregnancy to both mom and baby.  


  • Tammy Hill, NCSL Health Program | PowerPoint | PDF file-10 pages
  • Karmen Hanson, NCSL Health Program | PowerPoint | PDF file-20 pages

Sunday, January 8

9 - 9:15 a.m.

Kick Off Day 3

Program staff will welcome Fellows to the second day of programming and the join sessions as well as provide an overview of the agenda.

9:15 – 10: 15 a.m.

Newborn and Developmental Screening

This session focuses on state-level considerations around newborn screening and developmental screening, as well as lessons learned and policy options to optimize outcomes for children who would benefit from early detection of disorders.

Moderator: Kathryn Costanza, NCSL Health Program


  • Natasha Bonhomme, founder, Expecting Health and director, Baby’s First Test | PowerPoint | PDF file-23 pages
  • Dr. Michelle Macias, MD, professor of pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina | PowerPoint | PDF file-24 pages
10:30 – 11: 30 a.m. 

Supporting Children with Special Health Care Needs

This session will highlight trends in programs and services for children and youth with special health care needs. Experts and Fellows will discuss options for state leaders to consider as it relates to treatment and support for children and families.

Moderator: Flora Fouladi, NCSL Health Program


  • Charlene Wong, MD, assistant secretary for Children and Families, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services | PowerPoint | PDF file-31 pages
11:30 – Noon 

Noon Putting it all together: Action Planning and Next Steps

Fellows will work in teams to network, reflect on the MCH issues discussed over the course of the meeting, create action plans and discuss next steps in the program.




Review this presentation from the Friday, March 10, 2023 webinar. 

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